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A Bit of Americana on Burton Road…

February 25, 2010
American Beer Tasting Evening - Silver Apples

American Beer Tasting Evening - Silver Apples

A great night was had by all at the recent American Beer Tasting Evening at Silver Apples, hosted by specialist beer importers & distributors, James Clay. Not being a fan of beer, and not knowing the first thing about American beer, I was resolutely determined to stick with the old favourite, Pinot. I was in definitely in the minority, as everyone else savoured the beers which were being passed around the tables with alarming regularity!

The first tipple – Anchor Steer – proved popular on our table. But then the next was served – a fruity little Pumpkin Ale – and that was declared to be the favourite. It was Matilda’s turn next – perhaps it was the tale of woe that accompanied the beer – but this was then declared the favourite. Starting to get the picture? However, not only did I like the label [don’t ever accuse me of being shallow!] but I also liked this particular beer. I probably won’t change my drink of choice but pleasant nevertheless. By this point, we were also experimenting with cheese/beer taste combinations – and some people on the table were nodding in agreement with the idea that it could be a good thing to go with beer & cheese, rather than wine & cheese. Call me old fashioned, but that’s an idea too far!

Chocolate stout – now there’s an idea! And indeed it is available. Take it from someone who doesn’t care much for beer, this was a winner. Definitely chocolately, with a hint of liquorice, this was something that could replace the Pinot – until I saw the 10% label. Nice as the odd sip was, made me realise only seasoned beer people should attempt this one!

So, all in all, a lovely way to spend a cold Wednesday evening. Also, really nice to meet people who I’ve only known as a name on Twitter. Will hopefully meet up with Liz at the Cheese & Wine Evening – March 23rd – and may get to say hello to Tim [table next to ours] next time!

And, I did promise Rob I wouldn’t mention the lack of chocolate drops on our table to savour with the chocolate beer – so I won’t…

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  1. March 13, 2010 12:07 pm

    Ha ha, that’s my husband lurking in the back of the photo – am amazed you have managed to capture him WITHOUT a beer en route to his mouth!

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